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# SAS is a database-forming programming language, a means to organize

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SAS is a database-forming programming language, a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge amount of seemingly unrelated facts on a topic.

(A) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(B) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge number

(C) the means of organizing for analyzing the huge number

(D) the means that organizes, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(E) the means for organizing in order to analyze the huge amount

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24 Sep 2018, 07:22
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Bunuel wrote:
SAS is a database-forming programming language, a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge amount of seemingly unrelated facts on a topic.

(A) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(B) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge number

(C) the means of organizing for analyzing the huge number

(D) the means that organizes, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(E) the means for organizing in order to analyze the huge amount

+1 for B

(A) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(B) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge number --> Fact is countable noun. Hence, we need number

(C) the means of organizing for analyzing the huge number --> 'The' changes the intended meaning

(D) the means that organizes, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(E) the means for organizing in order to analyze the huge amount
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25 Sep 2018, 04:10
Bunuel wrote:
SAS is a database-forming programming language, a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge amount of seemingly unrelated facts on a topic.

(A) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(B) a means to organize, in order to analyze, the huge number

(C) the means of organizing for analyzing the huge number

(D) the means that organizes, in order to analyze, the huge amount

(E) the means for organizing in order to analyze the huge amount

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

If you use the phrase ‘the means’, that implies that there is no other possible way of organizing such information. This would change the meaning of the sentence. If the sentence said, for example, SAS is the only database-forming language, then you would use the phrase ‘the means’. That eliminates choices C, D and E. Now you have to determine whether you have an amount of facts or a number of facts. Facts are countable. So you have to use the word ‘number’, not the word ‘amount’. Choice B is the correct answer.
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16 May 2019, 04:55
Split 1:
'a' vs 'the' : 'a means' is correct because the sentence starts with 'SAS is a database' ; had it been 'SAS is the database ', we would have used 'the means'
- Changes the intended meaning: using 'a' means -it is one of the means- vs using 'the' - meaning it is the specific mean

Split 2:
'amount' vs 'number' : simple, 'number' is used for countable objects such as facts in this example vs 'amount' used for uncountable objects
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